Exactly two months after the official launch of the logo and name of the proposed national carrier, Nigeria Air, the Federal Government has suspended the project.
The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this via his official twitter handle (@hadisirika) on Wednesday after the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
Sirika said the decision to suspend the project, which he described as tough, was strategic and had nothing to do with politics or pressure from stakeholders.
“I regret to announce that the Federal Executive Council has taken the tough decision to suspend the National Carrier Project in the interim.
“All commitments due will be honoured. We thank the public for the support as always,” Sirika said.
On July 18, the Nigerian government had officially unveiled the name and logo of the country’s new carrier at the Farnborough International Public Airshow in London, United Kingdom.
The new national airline, which was expected to takeoff on December 24, would be private sector-led and driven through Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, with the government owning not more than five percent equity and zero interference, according to Sirika.
Early this month, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said the proposed December take off of Nigeria Air was still feasible as it could still issue necessary operational certificates before the end of the year.